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  • Writer's pictureAlyssa Napier

Can't Afford a Honeymoon? Here's What to Do Instead

Can't find room in your wedding budget for a traditional honeymoon? We totally get it! Weddings are expensive, but you don't have to skip the honeymoon entirely. We love these ideas that let you spend time as newlyweds, while not costing you a fortune.

Take a Staycation

Don't miss out on taking time off after the wedding, because you will need it! Taking a staycation can be such a relaxing and fun way to get used to being married, without all the fuss of making travel plans. Be a tourist in your own town and do all the things you've always wanted to do near your home, but never had the time to do.

woman in a city on brick ground with arms raised smiling
Photo by: Dmitriy Ganin

Go on a Road Trip

Drive to an Airbnb in a town you've always wanted to visit. Bonus tip: find one with a hot tub! This can be as near or far away as you'd like. Make this as relaxing or fun-filled as you want! Want to do nothing for an entire weekend? Spend your time at the Airbnb in the hot tub, watching movies, and ordering takeout! Want to explore a new city and visit all of the museums? Get in your car and start the adventure!

a women hanging out of a car with her hand raised while wearing a hat on a road trip
Photo by: Element5 Digital

Have a Spa Day

There's nothing more relaxing than spending a day at the spa. Schedule an entire day with facials, massages, saunas, and pedicures! Chances are that a nearby spa has all the things you want to do.

Woman receiving a massage to her neck with candles in the background
Photo by: cottonbro

Schedule a Wine Tasting

Is there a place nearby that does wine tastings? Hop online and find a place that looks interesting to you! Make it an event by getting dressed up and getting dinner afterward.

A glass of wine placed on top of a wine barrel with more wine barrels in the background
Photo by: Arthur Brognoli

Make it a Mini-Moon

A mini-moon is a short vacation that newlyweds take together soon after the wedding. They work especially well for brides on a budget and those who don't have a lot of time to travel. Some of our favorite mini-moon locations are: Miami, Florida; Maui, Hawaii; Sedona, Arizona; and Traverse City, Michigan.

Sedona Arizona Rocks with the sky in the background
Photo by: Patrick Boywer

What are you doing for your honeymoon? Let us know in the comments!

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